Cops make big meth seizure

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police seized more than 400 grams of methamphetamine Thursday night during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 85.

Rigoberto Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 24, of Duluth was arrested Thursday night after 444 grams of meth and a .45-caliber handgun were found inside his vehicle, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez is charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, in addition to two misdemeanor traffic offenses, Moloney said.

He was arrested and transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

If sold at $100 a gram, the street value of 444 grams of meth is $44,400, Moloney said.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said seizures of this size usually come from mid-level dealers.

"It's not the biggest we've ever had, but it's (about) half a kilo, so I would say it's a pretty substantial drug arrest," Porter said.

Moloney said Rodriguez-Gonzalez was pulled over about 9 p.m. Thursday for not using his turn signal while driving north on the interstate near Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Duluth.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez did not have a driver's license, and he admitted to an officer that he had narcotics in his possession, Moloney said.

The meth and handgun were found in the middle console of the vehicle, Moloney said.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez has been denied bond, as authorities believe he may be a flight risk, according to the warrants.